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30 Greatest Moments in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame History

Recorded rock and roll music sounds its best when being played through a sweet loudspeaker setup. The only way to beat it is to attend the live performance itself.

To kick off Klipsch’s monumental partnership as the first-ever Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony sponsor, our pals at the Rock Hall mulled over nearly three decades of video archives to piece together this list of the 30 greatest Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performances of all time.

So crank up your speakers and watch the performances below. Be sure to vote for your favorite here.

If you think there is a performance that should have made the list, let us know in the comments section below…and ROCK ON!

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others — "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"

1. “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (2004)

An epic, guitar thrashing tribute to George Harrison.


Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bono and others — "Let It Be"

2. “Let It Be” (1999)

Sir Paul McCartney surprises crowd with friends like Eric Clapton, Bono, Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen backing him.


Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young – "Roll Over Beethoven"

3. “Roll Over Beethoven” (1986)

Rock royalty Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Keith Richards show how it’s done.


Aerosmith and Kid Rock — "Sweet Emotion"

4. “Sweet Emotion” (2001)

Kid Rock and the Bad Boys from Boston turn it up with sweet results.


The Doors and Eddie Vedder — "Light My Fire"

5. “Light My Fire” (1993)

Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder channels Jim Morrison with the original Doors band members.


U2 and Bruce Springsteen — "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"

6. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (2005)

Dublin and Asbury Park collide when U2 trades licks with Springsteen.


Led Zeppelin perform Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 1995

7. “When The Levee Breaks” (1995)

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Neil Young and others go heavy on Led Zeppelin riff monster.


George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and others — "I Saw Her Standing There"

8. “I Saw Her Standing There” (1988)

Harrison, Starr and some famous friends get down with Fab Four magic.


Wilson Pickett and Bruce Springsteen Perform "In the Midnight Hour" at the 1999 Inductions

9. “In The Midnight Hour” (1999)

The Boss takes direction from Wilson Pickett.


The Band with Eric Clapton Perform "The Weight"

10. “The Weight” (1994)

The time The Band brought one of their biggest fans – Eric Clapton – on stage to jam with them.


Mick Jagger, Tina Turner and others — "Honky Tonk Woman"

11. “Honky Tonk Woman” (1989)

A riotous celebration with a Tina Turner and Mick Jagger-led collaboration to the Stones Induction.


"Green Onions" All-Star Jam at 1992 Inductions

12. “Green Onions” (1992)

Booker T. and the MG’s timeless groove with a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of groove maestros.


Carl Perkins, Keith Richards, BB King – "Blue Suede Shoes" Live at 1987 Induction

13. “Blue Suede Shoes” (1987)

Carl Perkins leads this rock standard with Keef at his side. How many other rockers can you spot?


Cream performs "Sunshine Of Your Love" at the 1993 Inductions

14. “Sunshine of Your Love” (1993)

The performance nobody thought would happen – the reunion of Cream.


Metallica performs at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2009

15. “Enter Sandman” (2009)

The first public inductions in Cleveland, a reunion and very heavy metal.


The Four Tops and Diana Ross Perform "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)"

16. “I Can’t Help Myself” (2003)

The stars of Motown align for one special night.


Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen perform "Come Together"

17. “Come Together” (1994)

An unlikely duo – Axl Rose and Bruce Springteen – come together to honor John Lennon.


The Righteous Brothers perform Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions 2003

18. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (2003)

Decades later, the stirring melodies showcase what made these brothers righteous, indeed.


The Velvet Underground Performs at the 1996 Hall of Fame Inductions

19. “Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend” (1996)

A rare, incredibly moving performance straight from the Velvet Underground.

Bo Diddley, BB King, Smokey Robinson, Paul Butterfield, Chuck Berry – "Hey! Bo Diddley"

20. “Hey! Bo Diddley” (1987)

Bo Diddley with BB King (on maracas!), Chuck Berry (on piano!), Smokey Robinson, Paul Butterfield and more.


Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor and Emmylou Harris — "Teach Your Children"

21. “Teach Your Children” (1997)

Voices of a generation – including CSN, James Taylor and Emmylou Harris – get the crowd singing.


Green Day Performs "Teenage Lobotomy," "Rockaway Beach" and "Blitzkrieg Bop" in 2002

22. “Teenage Labotomy/Rockaway Beach/Blitzkrieg Bop” (2002)

Filling the punk-generation gap with Green Day.


The Staple Singers Perform "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There" at the 1999 Inductions

23. “Respect Yourself/I’ll Take You There” (1999)

An uplifting reminder why the Staple Singers were billed as “God’s greatest hitmakers.


Red Hot Chili Peppers – "Higher Ground" Live at 2012 Rock Hall Induction

24. “Higher Ground” (2012)

Red Hot Chili Peppers lead funk-punk-rock mash-up with all-star cast of players including Slash.


Pink Floyd and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins perform "Wish You Were Here"

25. “Wish You Were Here” (1996)

Pink Floyd, Smashing Pumpkins and a powerfully restrained performance.


Heart – "Barracuda" Live at 2013 Rock Hall Induction

26. “Barracuda” (2013)

Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart lead a master class in Seattle rock history.


Hall of Fame Inductee Super Jam – "Crossroads" Live in 2013

27. “Crossroads” (2013)

Members of Rush, Public Enemy, Foo Fighters, Run DMC, Heart, CCR and more rewrite the “Crossroads.”


Members of Guns N' Roses – "Paradise City" Live at 2012 Rock Hall Induction

28. “Paradise City” (2012)

Explosive performance with reunited former members of GNR.


2014 Induction Tribute to Linda Ronstadt with Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood and friends!

29. “It’s So Easy” (2014)

A superstar showcase of singer-songwriters salute Linda Ronstadt.


Members of Nirvana w/ Joan Jett – "Smells Like Teen Spirit" Live at 2014 Rock Hall Induction

30. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (2014)

A Joan Jett–fronted Nirvana recast a modern rock anthem.

Iconic Music Couples: Muses for Better or Worse

When Paul W. Klipsch began his quest for live music in his living room, the person seated beside him in that room was his wife, Belle. It has been said that behind every great man is a great woman. The same might be said about a great song. Melody certainly matters. A memorable hook helps, along with clever or compelling lyrics to stick with us. But even if a song has all this going for it, it will fall flat if it’s missing authentic passion.

What do singers and songwriters draw upon to create this passion? Frequently, from their own life experience. Phil Collins’ famous break-up song “Against All Odds” begins with the line: “How can I let you just walk away / Just let you leave without a trace?” The song told the story of Collins’ own failing marriage, and in 1984 the crash and burn story resonated with music fans enough to see it hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 U.K. and spent three weeks at number one in the U.S.

Hit songs about love and relationships get even more interesting when the song is about another musician. Iconic music couples have clashed and harmonized to create some of our best-loved songs throughout history. For example…

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 album Rumours is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock albums of the 1970s, if not of all-time. Producing hits such as “Don’t Stop” and “Go Your Own Way,” Rumours won the 1978 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. The album’s greatness was born, however, from simultaneous meltdowns in the intertwined romantic relationships of several band members:

Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were Fleetwood Mac’s American members. Long-time lovers, their relationship was crumbling by the late 1970s. In “Go Your Own Way,” Buckingham expressed his anger with Nicks, even including the line “Packing up, shacking up is all you want to do” despite her strong objections. The line stayed in the song and the beleaguered couple recorded it together as bandmates. To be a fly on that wall…

Two other members of the band, Christine and John McVie, were going through their own break-up while Rumours was being written. In the other best-known song from the album, “Don’t Stop,” Christine tells her ex-husband repeatedly, “Yesterday’s gone.” Although the song sounds cheery and optimistic, it was Christine’s way of telling John that their relationship was over, and it was time to move on.

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac 05 DEC 1977

Sonny and Cher

Cher was a tender 16 years old when she met Salvatore “Sonny” Bono in a coffee shop. Sonny was 27 and working for legendary music producer Phil Spector. Before long, he had Cher singing backup for acts like The Righteous Brothers and The Crystals.

The couple’s romantic relationship began in 1962; their marriage in 1964. Their career-making song about one another: “I Got You Babe” was a hit in 1965. Ten years after singing the foreshadowing lyrics, “They say we’re young and we don’t know / We won’t find out until we grow,” Sonny and Cher divorced. Despite Cher having very few kind words about Sonny after the divorce, their relationship was the springboard that launched both their careers, and propelled her ultimately into super-stardom.

I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher Top of the Pops 1965

Johnny Cash and June Carter

Thankfully, not all iconic match ups end in disaster. For Johnny Cash and June Carter, their 35 year-marriage weathered hard times with the couple staying together through it all. Johnny Cash, Jr. would subsequently write in memoirs about his parents that they “accepted each other unconditionally” and stayed in love until the end of their lives.

Before she met Johnny, June was a musical star in her own right as a performer with her family’s group, The Carter Sisters. Johnny started performing with the family and fell in love with June almost right away. He insisted that he would marry her one day, but she cited his drug addiction as the reason she’d never be with him. Biographers of Cash claim that it was largely his love for June providing the motivation to get his addiction under control. The two married in 1968 and stayed married until their deaths in 2003. Over the years, they sung a multitude of duets together, including hits such as “Jackson.”

Johnny and June Carter Cash sing Jackson

Who is your favorite musical power couple? Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale? Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood? Marc Anthony and J-Lo? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.